Mason to Host E-Waste Recycling Event During Earth Week

Posted: April 6, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: April 5, 2010 at 2:55 pm

By Dave Andrews

Mason is partnering with Cox Communications and Synergy Recycling for the second annual electronics waste recycling event on Saturday, April 24, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Those who would like to dispose of old electronics may do so in Parking Lot K on Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Cox and Synergy, as Mason continues moving forward in our commitment to protecting the environment,” says Lenna Storm, Mason’s sustainability coordinator.

“Last year’s electronics recycling event was a big success. This year, we’re expecting an even larger response.”

Storm says that electronics are major contributors to our ever-growing landfills, accounting for an estimated 4 percent of all waste. The environmental impact is compounded by the lead, mercury and other potentially hazardous materials oftentimes found in electronics.

All electronic items will be accepted. Examples include the following:

  • Computer processors, servers, monitors, mice, printers, cables and modems
  • Speakers, scanners, fax machines, answering machines and copy machines
  • Televisions, VCRs, CD players, DVD players and remote controls
  • MP3 players, radios, stereos and computer games
  • Microwaves and other small kitchen appliances
  • Cell phones and telephones
  • Calculators
  • Power tools

“This recycling event coincides well with all of the other activities we have planned during the second part of April as we celebrate Earth Week,” Storm says.

Mason is offering plenty of events to choose from during Earth Week, April 22 through May 1, including a trip to Six Flags amusement park, an Earth Week hike, a sustainability happy hour and a film screening. Not to mention, many workshops and seminars discussing environmental issues.

Both of Mason’s partners in the “E-waste” recycling event state that they are firmly committed to improving the environment as a part of their normal business operations.

Cox Communications is a multiservice broadband communications and entertainment company and is the third-largest cable television company in the United States.

Synergy Recycling is a privately held firm that offers statewide ISO certified electronics recycling. It is based in Mayodan, N.C., and recently expanded into Hampton Roads and Roanoke, Va.

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